August, 2011
 
                       
 
                 The Virginia
                LUTHERAN
 

 

 

LFSVA expands services

to adults with disabilities 

  LFS      

          Lutheran Family Services of Virginia has purchased the Lamano Agency of Bedford, a provider of programs for adults with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities, primarily in the western part of the state. The partnership will build on existing services to children with disabilities and their families and create an even wider community of care.

           The program will operate as LFSVA Developmental Services through the Lamano Agency. Rob Lamano started the agency about 12 years ago. Director Diane Exner has a staff of about 135 employees in Roanoke, Bedford, Lynchburg, Gretna, Altavista, Danville, Forest, Gretna, Hurt, Madison Heights, Martinsville, Rocky Mount and Charlottesville. There are plans to expand to the greater Richmond and Fredericksburg areas.

            Julie Swanson, chief executive officer of LFS, said she looks forward to carrying out and expanding the shared mission of service with dignity and respect to children, families and adults. The Lamano Agency manages group homes and provides sponsored residential care, in home, day support, transportation and respite care for adults with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities.

            The Bedford agency said it helps individuals in their preferred community setting. The agency supports individuals who are intellectually disabled with a diagnosis of mental retardation or developmental disability. It also supports those who have physical and behavioral needs and dually diagnosed individuals.
            Questions? Email them to ardis@lfsva.org or Julie Swanson, chief executive officer, at jswanson@lfsva.org or call toll-free 1 (866) 946-4598 and dial extension 339.  

 

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In This Issue
LFSVA expands services
Lutherans in the news
PNG visitors bring greetings
Story-telling is powerful
Preparing for ELCA Assembly
Grace fans welcomed
Resurrection partners
Reformation marks 50th
Mount Calvary quilters
St. Paul's not lost
Healthy hearts
Grace and Glory builds
Bishop's School report
$60,000 grant for LFSVA
Corinth celebrates closing
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Lutherans in the news

   

            Donald Kuckuck will be ordained at his home church, Resurrection, Fredericksburg, on Saturday, Aug. 27, at 10 a.m. He has accepted a call to serve a congregation in the Iowa Synod.

            At St. Michael, Blacksburg, 28 youth and six adults filled more than 40 crates with tomatoes they picked in a gleaning project for a food bank. A farmer donated produce from his field. Pastor John Wertz said the congregation "works to create opportunities for God's people to use their gifts for the common good" each year. St. Michael volunteers also served 104 lunches and sent 104 meals home for children at two mobile home parks in July.

            Pastor David and Heidi Young, Bethel, Winchester, report plans for a specific mark of discipleship annually for the next five years, starting with the Year of Reading the Bible for 2011. In 2012, the Year of Prayer will be observed, followed by the Year of Service, Year of Worship, Year of Relationships and Year of Giving. In six years, they said, the congregation will be "embracing our vision to be a community growing deeper in faith and wider in love." Bethel also plans its 10th annual Harvest Sunday Farm Market Aug. 14, with proceeds for support of Lutheran World Relief programs in Sudan, East Africa, where 2 million people have been subjected to massive human rights abuses. Lisa McKee of Bethel is offering haircuts and school supplies in a "Giving Back with Cuts" program.

            Our Saviour, Virginia Beach, dedicated a picnic shelter, to be used for church events and outdoor worship, as well as for outreach in the community.

            Christ, Staunton, held a birthday bash on Pentecost Sunday for the birthday of the church. Children of the congregation made a video about the Holy Spirit and planned the event. Members sat at birthday month tables and played a game with birthday cards while Pastor Rob McCarty read the story of Pentecost.

        Fifty years of ministry by Pastor Jean Bozeman, newly retired assistant to the bishop, were celebrated at First, Norfolk, her home congregation, on July 31. Pastor Rick Goeres told members they could honor her ministry by contributing to the Synod's new Jean Bozeman Christian Formation Endowment Fund, which seeks to endow lasting resources to support faith formation.

            At Lakeside, Littleton, N.C., 45 years of ministry by Pastor Fred Eichner were marked with a retirement dinner on July 31.

            At Luther Memorial, Blacksburg, members of the Women's Synodical Organization are contributing to the Katie Luther Fund, named for Martin Luther's wife. Donations will be used by the women to assist with such projects as shelters for abused women and children and organizations helping women find and retain jobs.

            A group of volunteers from Peace, Charlottesville, worked on a housing rehabilitation program through the Binns-Counts Community Center in Dickenson County in July. The congregation has been collecting food supplies for families in need in Dickenson County.

            Joel Ugochukwu, St. Mark's, Roanoke, competed in soccer tournaments in Denmark and Belgium in July, reaching the quarter-finals.

            Marcie Clark was commissioned as parish nurse at St. Stephen, Williamsburg, following as vision of establishing a healing community within the congregation. This health ministry is to serve as an advocate for physical, emotional and spiritual health.

            Trinity Ecumenical Parish, Moneta, used the Taize worship service, including scripture, prayer, silence, music and meditation on Sunday, July 31. The service originated in an ecumenical Christian community in the Burgundy region of France.

            Pastor Lou Florio, Messiah, Mechanicsville, serves as a volunteer law enforcement chaplain with the Hanover County Sheriff's Department.

            Eric DiNovo, Immanuel, Bluefield, W. Va., received the 12th annual Shott Excellence in Media Award at Bluefield College. DiNovo Joined the Bluefield Daily Telegraph as a staff photographer in 1996 and now is the chief photographer.

            Linda Gill, Trinity, Pulaski, won the 1911 Daisy Award for Extraordinary Nurses at Lewis Gale Regional Cancer Center in Pulaski. She has been administering chemotherapy there for 18 years.

            At Roanoke College, Dr. Jeffrey Sandborg, music professor and director of the college choir and Omega Singers, received an endowed Wade Professorship in Music. He has led the choir since 1985.

           Dr. Roland Minton, chair of the college's mathematics, computer science and physics department, received the Capp-Whitehead Professorship in Physics, a five-year award he plans to use for continued research on golf statistics.  

 

 

Two visitors bring

greetings from Papua New Guinea

PNG Visitors 2011

Mary Irasua (left) 

and Miriam Muyambe

            Miriam Muyambe and Mary Irasua-two pleasant Lutherans from far-off Papua New Guinea-made many friends at the Synodical Women's Organization convention at Roanoke College and in congregations across the Synod in the last week of July. Their arrival was delayed more than a week by visa problems but they made up for that with their charm.

            Miriam, a supervisor for a petroleum company, and Mary, the wife of a local government official, said the people they met in this country were "so friendly and welcoming." They found many similarities and some differences between the churches here and in their land.

            Many Lutherans attend worship in Papua New Guinea, where the Island District is a companion synod for Virginia, but they spend much time on sports and other activities. People "don't budget properly," Miriam said.

            She is the first woman in her country to hold such an administrative job but she doesn't have a car so she rides a public van or walks a mile and a half to work. She and her husband, Gabum Muyambe, a bank officer, have four children and they rent a one-bedroom home. She often works long hours, coordinating fuel distribution. At Bethel church in the Kimbe circuit, Miriam coordinates programs and helps with Sunday School and committees. She is a former district president of the women's organization.

            The biggest problem for Papua New Guinea Lutherans, she said, is maintenance of churches and housing for pastors. "Bethel is well constructed but it is not taken care of."

            Mary, a housewife and mother of five boys and a girl, is treasurer of Holy Trinity Lutheran Church and of the women's organization in her circuit. Her husband, Clement Irasua, works in province administration and this entitles them to live in a four-bedroom brick house. Clement Irasua is district treasurer for the church.

            Mary does volunteer social work with people who have HIV/Aids and women who are victims of domestic violence and her husband helps her coordinate church work.. One of their sons is a policemen and two are teachers. She was surprised to see that American homes do not have a security fence to prevent criminal activity, as is routine in her country.

            After the women's convention at Roanoke College, committee members took Mary and Miriam on a quick tour across the Synod, stopping at St. Mark in Charlottesville, Our Saviour in Richmond, Good Shepherd in Virginia Beach, and the River of Life churches in Page County, Gravel Spring and Camp Caroline Furnace in the Shenandoah Valley. Synodical women have been working for years to raise the funds to bring representatives from Papua New Guinea to Virginia, said Diane Giessler, committee chairwoman.   

      

 

Story-telling is powerful

Wangerin

Story teller Walt Wangerin at work.

 

             Stories from the Bible, from history and from experiences filled the Roanoke College campus during the 25th anniversary of Power in the Spirit on July 14-16.

            Story-telling is powerful-the spirit of God flows through story-telling, said Walt Wangerin, celebrated international teller of stories and keynote speaker for the weekend event. When a story is told, the story is an experience, he said.

            "Tell stories to your children and grandchildren, experience the story..When a story is told...It is an experience..It becomes the world around you.," Wangerin said. He illustrated his two talks with stories from his experiences and his family. Wangerin, an ELCA pastor and author of more than 30 books, teaches literature and creative writing at Valpariso University in Indiana.

            Pastor Philip Bouknight of Trinity Ecumenical Parish, Moneta, said, "When we share that story, people's lives will be changed...Your story is an introduction to the greatest story ever."

            Pastor John Largen, pastor to the Southern Seminary Community, gave context to two passages from Mark in Bible studies. And in a workshop on a "spiritual tomato stake," he talked about the need for support and structure so that a person has freedom to grow.

            Story-telling was the theme for many of the 40 workshops and worship at Olin Hall on the college campus. Pastor Jean Bozeman, recently retired assistant to the bishop, talked about the many changes she has seen in her 50 years of service to the church. Ordination of women, election of bishops, weekly communion, cultural and language changes, gay and lesbian issues, changes in ethnic heritage and lower worship attendance were some of the significant changes recorded in the last half-century.

            Approximately 225 people sang "I love to tell the story" several times during the annual event. A group of biblical story tellers from Muhlenberg, Harrisonburg, presented scripture throughout the program.


Ten Virginians preparing for ELCA Assembly

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            Bishop Jim Mauney and Judge Charles Poston, vice president, and eight elected Synod voting members are preparing for a trip to Orlando, Fla., for the ELCA churchwide assembly, in Orlando, Fla., Aug. 14-19.

            The voting members: William Franz, Christ, Richmond; Pastors Rick Goeres, First, Norfolk, Steven Ridenhour, Holy Trinity, Wytheville, and CeCee Mills, Chesapeake; Debbie Mintiens, Salem, Mt. Sidney; Gail Penman, St. Timothy, Norfolk; Elizabeth Smythe, Ebenezer, Marion, and Matt Wertman, Grace,Waynesboro.  

 

Grace fans welcomed

grace fans

 

 

          "Grace fans" are welcomed to NASCAR races at nearby Bristol Motor Speedway by members of St. John, Abingdon, who installed this sign. 

           Their welcome extends to the summer tourist season as well as the NASCAR races in March and August.                  


Resurrection partners with Cristo la Roca

     by Pastor Jim Kniseley

    

            Resurrection Lutheran and Cristo la Roca churches recently celebrated the first anniversary of a unique partnership in Fredericksburg. Cristo la Roca is an Hispanic Pentecostal congregation of about 400 members. Resurrection also has about 400 members and was looking to partner with a congregation for outreach and sharing expenses. Cristo la Roca did not have a building and it was rapidly outgrowing the space it was renting from another congregation.

            Pastor Fausto Mena ministers to a diverse Hispanic congregation from Honduras, Guatemala, the Dominican Republic and El Salvador. His sermons are delivered in loud and rapid-fire style in Spanish. The worshippers are passionate in praying and singing. The Pentecostal style of worship contrasts greatly with the Lutheran style.

            How is this a partnership rather than a rental agreement, since the two congregations don't regularly worship together? Pastor Carol Kniseley insisted from the beginning that the two congregations work together in at least three ways: cleaning and maintenance of the facilities and grounds; sharing expenses, and in finding ways for members to help each other.

            Folks from Cristo la Roca regularly turn up at Work Days and help do extensive cleaning inside the buildings with people from Resurrection. The congregations alternate months in cleaning the carpets throughout the facilities. All janitorial work is done by volunteers from Resurrection and Cristo la Roca.

            Members from Cristo la Roca recently served as translators at the Resurrection Community Health Fair. This summer, the Outreach Team at Resurrection put lettering on the main doors of the church saying "Welcome" and "Bievenidos." The pastors and lay leaders meet monthly for planning and prayer.

            A major impetus for finding a partner came when one-third of the membership departed Resurrection after the 2009 Churchwide sexuality decisions and a congregational vote in December 2009 to remain in the ELCA. The congregation was faced with a large mortgage on its recently dedicated new facilities. Funds provided by Cristo la Roca have been one part of meeting the seemingly overwhelming financial responsibility for Resurrection.

            The other parts of meeting financial needs include increased offerings from the members, adding new member giving, having all janitorial and grass-cutting done by volunteers, reducing staff and pastors' time, and finding an excellent treasurer to keep the congregation focused on the concept of "10-10-80" (moving toward "10% benevolence, 10% savings and living on the remaining 80%).

            Resurrection is grateful to Bishop Jim Mauney and the Virginia Synod for their strong support and help these past two years. They were encouraging when Resurrection needed to reduce benevolence from 8% in 2009 to a commitment of just 1% in 2010. Thankfully, the congregation was able to remit more and has made a commitment of $20,000 in 2011.

            The Synod Council asked me to serve one-fourth time as synod stewardship coordinator and St. Peter's Lutheran in Stafford asked Pastor Carol Kniseley to be their three-fourths time interim pastor until they find a new pastor.

            Cristo la Roca purchased the former Falmouth Post Office Building in early 2011. They have Sunday morning worship there but continue to have all Christian Education and fellowship activities at Resurrection. On Monday, Tuesday and Thursday evenings, a wonderful array of Christians from two traditions and languages are engaged in a variety of activities, from Bible studies to choir rehearsals and church committees at Resurrection. As Pastor Mena often says, "It is the working of the Holy Spirit. You helped us when we were in need. We are thankful to God that we can help you too."

           For more information about sharing facilities with another congregation, contact Pastor Jim Kniseley at Resurrection. His e-mail is txbe2godx2@comcast.net. The church office number is 540-786-7778. 

Reformation, Newport News,

to mark 50th anniversary 

Reformation, NN  

            Reformation, Newport News,  will celebrate its 50th anniversary on Sunday, Sept. 11, with Bishop Jim Mauney preaching at a service at 10:30 a.m. That service will be patterned on the liturgy from the first service on Sept. 10, 1961 at Denbigh Elementary School, according to Pastor David Gunderlach. Memories and stories will be shared and mementos from the archives will be on display. Light refreshments will follow the service.


Mount Calvary quilters are busy

 

Quilts

A quilt is placed on the altar at Mount Calvary.

             A quilting group at Mount Calvary, Mt. Jackson, topped off its creation of 36 large quilts and 13 baby and lap sizes with a set of quilted paraments for the church's altar, pulpit and lectern. They were blessed by Pastor Matthew Diehl at a June 19 service.

            The large quilts were sent to Lutheran World Relief and others were given to new mothers at Shenandoah County pregnancy shelters. Baby quilts are presented to parents after a baptism at Mount Calvary. Lap quilts are sent to members in nursing homes. The quilts support the congregation's mission statement, "Affirming God's love for all people, we work with Lutherans around the world to end poverty, injustice and human suffering."

 St. Paul's, Jerome, is in a "lost community"

 St. Paul, Jerome

            Jerome in Shenandoah County, home of St. Paul's Lutheran Church since 1827, is one of 30 communities featured in a new book, Lost Communities of Virginia, by Terri Fisher and Kirsten Sparenborg, working with the Community Design Assistance Center at Virginia Tech.

            The authors surveyed more than 2,600 communities to find locations with significant history but are in decline today. They are intact but they have lost industries, modes of transportation and ways of life, the authors said.

This community was named for the Rev. Jerome Paul Stirewalt, pastor of St. Paul's from 1882 to 1886. The Jerome segment of the book covers five pages and has three pictures of the church.

            The authors trace the community history from settlement in the 1720s by German and Scots-Irish pioneers who came from Pennsylvania on the Great Wagon Road through Shenandoah Valley. St. Paul's was the 9th or 10th Lutheran congregation formed in Shenandoah County, they write. Services were first held in a one-room log schoolhouse. The church was located by a German community in the "fertile valley between Supin Lick Ridge to the Southeast and Great North Mountain to the northwest."

            Their history tells of the ministry of pioneer Pastors Peter Muhlenberg, Ambrose Henkel and Jacob Stirewalt. The present church, built in 1891, once had two front doors-one for women and one for men.

            The community's population declined in the 20th century as the result of improved transportation and industrialization, making family farms less desirable for younger generations. But today, "the community that began with the formation of St. Paul's Lutheran Church remains vital due to the presence of the church and the members of the congregation." When informed of the book, Pastor Kate Schroeder of St. Paul's said, "We're not lost." 

 
Exercise and diet lead to healthy hearts 

 

            More than 100 people learned of the importance of diet and exercise at a Healthy Heart Fair, sponsored by the women of Luther Memorial and St. Michael churches. The fair at Luther Memorial, Blacksburg focused on educating women and girls about heart health, in response to an initiative of the Women of the ELCA.

            Dr. Daniel Osimani of Valley Heart Doctors spoke on "Healthy Heart Gals," discussing the importance of diet and exercise. He said being heart healthy is a life-long focus. Joyce Surface, a physical trainer, talked about exercising for a healthy heart and the importance of building a strong body.

            The Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine offered displays and information on an anatomical cow heart, aneurysm and plaque specimens and helped with blood glucose and blood pressure screening. Emotional and spiritual interactive displays were shown on the "Joyful Heart, Peaceful Heart, Forgiving Heart, Clean Heart, Kind Heart, Bold Heart, Just Heart, Loving Heart and Strong Heart."

            The Knitch Knitters from Luther Memorial displayed scarf making for women with heart disease. Some of the scarves were given as door prizes and others were donated to a hospital as gifts for women patients with heart problems/.

            Carol Papillion, an instructor in the Virginia Tech Human Nutrition, Foods and Exercise Department and a member of Luther Memorial, and members of her classes had a display entitled "Fill Your Plate for Health." Demonstrations were given on CPR and automated defibrillator use. Wii exercise demonstrations and displays for Luther Memorial's Walk Virginia program were shown. A Red Cross bloodmobile was set up in the church parking lot for blood donations.

 

Grace and Glory to break ground

for a $1.4 million church on Aug. 7 

Grace and Glory               

            Grace and Glory is planning a groundbreaking ceremony at 5 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 7 for a $1.4-million, 7,100 square-foot church, to be built on Route 53, just west of the intersection with U.S. Route 15 in Fluvanna County.

            Bishop Jim Mauney will preach at the special outdoor event, along with local and regional government officials, visiting clergy, parishioners, friends of the congregation and the community. Pastor Kenneth W. Albright, who has served at Grace and Glory for five years, will lead a special worship service at the 10-acre site, followed by a picnic on the church grounds.

            The building will house a sanctuary seating up to 180 parishioners, including three classrooms, a nursery, conference room and administrative offices. The building was designed by Hughes Associates Architects, Roanoke, and it will be constructed by Nielsen Builders, Harrisonburg.

            Grace and Glory, the only Lutheran church in Fluvanna County, held its first service on Feb. 11, 2001 at the original Armstrong Fitness Center, then located near Lake Monticello. In all, 53 people attended the initial service. Since, attendance and membership have mushroomed, and currently the congregation has more than 180 members.

            In recent years, the congregation has been worshipping at the Fluvanna County Middle School on U.S. 15 near Carysbrook, with education classes for adults and youth offered at 9:15 a.m. and general worship at 10:15 a.m.

            The groundbreaking ceremony will honor a number of clergy who have led the congregation in the past, in particular the Rev. William Stewart of Earlysville, who played a major role in developing and organizing the church 10 years ago. Also parishioners who died in recent years will be honored. All played major roles in furthering the congregation's mission and/or were active in the development of plans for the new facility. These include Dr. Pam Brothers, Carol Benske, Dick Haas, Herb Meyer, Ann Milstead, Stephanie Nelson and Lew Post.

            There will be four ceremonial groundbreakers --- Frits Geurtsen, congregational president ... Walter Lindenmann, chairman of the Church Building Steering Committee ... Joe Shaver, chairman of the congregation's Capital Appeal campaign, and Sue Pickett, one of the early founders of the Grace & Glory congregation. All members of the community and parishioners are invited to join in the groundbreaking, by bringing their own shovels to the site.

            Funding for the new structure comes from contributions from parishioners, those in the community and other congregations, a gift from the Virginia Synod of ELCA and a loan from the national ELCA's Mission Investment Fund. 

 

Growing in faith at Bishop's School

     by Drew Matthias

 

            I had the privilege of attending Bishop's School in June with 17 other young adults at Southern Seminary in Columbia, South Carolina. Bishop's school is designed to guide us in our understanding of the scriptures and to aid the individual process of discernment.

            Each day we had worship and class time for group Bible study. Our experience was enriched with a wide variety of distinguished speakers including the bishop of South Carolina Synod, Herman Yoos. Presenters spoke to us about their understanding of the scriptures, and how it related to them. Each session was supplemented with activities relevant to the topics of discussion and varied from day to day.

            One afternoon we worked at a local food bank, sorting flour and packing boxes. Another day, we renovated an activities building for a local church by pulling up carpet and painting walls. While we did work hard at our service projects, we also relaxed with fun activities like spending an evening at the pool and admiring God's creation at the Columbia Zoo.

            Bishop's School was a great experience to grow in my faith. The sessions we attended were engaging and related to current life challenges. Sessions were led by people who truly wanted us to ask questions, learn, and grow spiritually. Bishop's School helped me to ask myself the hard questions of faith, like how science and religion can coexist. Bishop's School has helped me to see modern life through a faith lens, that is, to see how all things relate and exist through God.

 

            (Drew Matthias, a member of Muhlenberg, Harrisonburg, is a graduate of Harrisonburg High School. He plans to attend James Madison University this fall.)

 

LFSVA receives $60,000 tornado recovery grant

 

           With a $60,000 grant from ELCA Lutheran Disaster Response (LDR) and $6,000 in donations, Lutheran Family Services of Virginia is aiding the state's recovery from spring storms and tornadoes.

            In April dozens of tornadoes and wind storms struck Pulaski, Washington, Halifax, Gloucester, Middlesex and other counties.   Because Virginia will not receive federal assistance with rebuilding, many Virginians are relying on their local governments along with donations and volunteers to help them put their lives back together.

            The LDR grant will fund building supplies and other recovery-related expenses; $6,200 will go toward renovating a trailer purchased by the Virginia Lutheran Men in Mission and donated to Lutheran Family Services.   This unit will have shower and laundry facilities for volunteers at recovery sites. The trailer will be located in Pulaski and when no longer needed there it will be sent to other disaster response locations in other states.

            Debbie Mintiens, a retired Virginia Department of Transportation employee and member of Salem Lutheran Church with experience in disaster relief, will help LFSVA administer the grant as well as coordinate information and connect individuals to volunteer opportunities. To reach her, please email dmintiens@lfsva.org.   For more information contact Julie Swanson at jswanson@lfsva.org or 540-774-7100 ext. 330. 

 

Corinth is celebrated at closing

Corinth            

            After 119 years of service to Black Lick Community in western Wythe County, Corinth Lutheran Church held its final Eucharistic service on Sunday afternoon, July 17. It was a service of celebration for the ministry and mission of the church, attended by over 125 people.

            Corinth Church was organized to serve the farming community of Black Lick in 1892. When Corinth held its centennial celebration in 1992 -not a single member was a farmer and no members were living in what used to be the Black Lick Community. All the members had moved into Rural Retreat or farther. So, the handwriting was on the wall.

            Bishop Jim Mauney led the service and Bishop Emeritus Richard Bansemer, Corinth's intern in 1964-1965, was the preacher. Assisting with the service were the Rev. Ed Schaack, pastor from 1980-2005; the Rev. Charles Seastrunk, intern and pastor in 1957-1959 and the Rev. Murray Ziegenfuss, dean of the Highlands Conference. Vicar Matt Day, a major player in the planning of the celebration, also took part in the service.

            Bansemer preached on the text - "Very truly I tell you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains just a single grain; but if it dies, it bears much fruit." He went on to ask - "Is not God saying, you can't kill Corinth Lutheran Church? Is Christ not saying that the seed germ planted here, still has efficacious power --- power to produce new life from itself."

That can be seen visibly as there are many Corinth members scattered in other churches carrying out the mission and ministry of Christ. That can also be seen in the 20 plus pastors who passed through Corinth Church on their way to ordination. As a matter of fact - on the very day of the closing celebration - former intern Matthew Carpenter was being ordained into the ministry of Word and Sacraments.

            Dr. Jody Brown, grandson of charter member, John L. Brown, played the pump organ which was placed in the church in 1896. The Black Lick Choral Society sang "Beautiful Saviour" written by F. M. Christiansen as an offertory anthem.

            The closing service was planned by a committee headed by Ellen Schaack, whose great-uncle, the Rev. D. S. Fox, was the first pastor of Corinth. Despite the closing, she said, the surviving members will continue the church's mission at other Lutheran congregations.

            Pastor Schaack led the Thanksgiving for the Means of Grace, going to the places of the Word, Baptism and the Sacramental Meal. Vicar Matt Day led the prayers of intercession followed by the sharing of the peace. Following communion, the last words that Paul gave to the Corithians were given to Corinth Lutheran Church:

"Finally, brothers and sisters, farewell. Put things in order,

listen to my appeal, agree with one another, live in peace;

and the God of love and peace will be with you. Greet

one another with a holy kiss. All the saints greet you. The

grace of the Lord Jesus Christ,(+) the love of God, and

the communion of the Holy Spirit be with all of you."

           (2 Corinthians 13:11-13)

 

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